Janitors and employers avert strikeby Brandt Williams, Minnesota Public Radio
Union janitors and their employers reached a tentative contract agreement. The 4200 janitors had threatened to strike unless the new contract included improved health care coverage.
Minneapolis, Minn. — Details of the new contract will be made available later Monday. But union officials say the contract agreement includes an affordable family health care plan.
A majority of janitors eligible for family health care are not enrolled in the plans offered by their employers. Union officials say the cost of those plans range from $400 to %1800 a month - often out of range for workers making an average of under $12.00 per hour.
Representatives for the 18 service contractors who employ the janitors say they have been affected by rising health care costs. The agreement comes after three months of negotiations.
- All Things Considered, 02/06/2007, 6:19 p.m.